Early Years – Donaldson Class
In Donaldson Class our teacher is called Mrs Graves, our Nursery Nurse is called Miss McGrath, and we are also helped out by Miss Allen, Miss Smith, Mrs Hatchman and Miss Pepechkova.
Our topic last half term was "Transport". We had a visit from some classic cars, then created our own cars from boxes, using a saw to cut our doweling down to size to create the axles.
We read the story "Whatever Next", where a bear packs his bag and takes a trip up to space in a rocket, and we thought about what we would take if we took a trip to the moon.
We also created boats and tested to see if they would float!
This half term our topic will be "Celebrations and Festivals" - and there are certainly a lot to chose from!
We will start our topic by learning about fireworks night, and the reason why we celebrate this in England.
Next, we will move on to finding out about Diwali, which is the Hindu festival of light. We will be making our own Diwa lamps from clay and finding out how Hindu people use fireworks to celebrate too!
We will then find out about Hanukkah - a Jewish festival which, again, has a story which is linked to light.
Finally, as we move towards the end of the term, we will learn about why Christian people celebrate Christmas. We will write letters to Father Christmas and will, of course, be learning songs and dances ready for our first school Nativity.
Important things to remember:
PE will take place on a Friday morning, please ensure your child has their full P.E. kit in school. We do not need trainers in school at this time, as we will begin our P.E. sessions in the indoor hall.
By now you should have received your Curriculum Overview leaflet which outlines the activities that we will be completing this half term. If you have mislaid your copy of this, please speak to a member of the Early Years team.
Your celebrations and festivals...
If you will be taking part in any celebrations or festivals, please let us know, as we would very much like to celebrate these with you. If you would like to come in and talk to the class about your celebration, we would very much welcome you to do so!
Homework, Firm Foundation Packs and Reading
Please Note: Homework, Firm Foundation Packs and reading will begin once the children are fully settled into school.
Firm Foundation packs will be sent home each Friday to be returned to school no later than Wednesday. There is a labelled box for these to be collected into just inside the classroom door. If you have not signed up to receive these packs and would like to, please speak to Mrs Graves or Miss McGrath.
Reading books and phonic packs are changed every Friday, when your child will receive two books to last them for the week. Please ensure that reading books, diaries and phonic packs are kept in your child’s book bag and are brought to school every day. We tend to alternate between reading with all children in class one week, and checking tricky words the next.
Homework is also sent home on a Friday night, and we ask that this is completed by Wednesday at the latest. These sheets help to develop children's phonic, writing and maths skills.
Please click the link below to access the PowerPoint that was shown at our "Meet the teacher" event. This will help to explain what life is like for children in Reception Class.
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